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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

quite perfect, with the middle arch, two columns, and t pilasters.   It is built of brick plastered over, and pain with architecture: almost all the insides of the houses i in the same manner; and,  what is very particular, i general ground of all the painting is red.    Besides t] temple, they make out very plainly an amphitheatre: t stairs, of white marble, and the seats are very perfect; t inside was painted in the same colour with the privf houses, and great part cased with white marble.    They ha found among other things some fine statues, some hum* bones, some rice, medals, and a few paintings extreme fine.    These latter are preferred to all the ancient painting that have ever been discovered.    We have not seen the] yet, as they are kept in the King's apartment, whither a these curiosities are transplanted; and 'tis difficult to s« them—but we shall.    I forgot to tell you, that in severs places the beams of the houses remain, but burnt to chai coal j so little damaged that they retain visibly the grail of the wood, but upon touching crumble to ashes.    What i remarkable, there are no other marks or appearance of fire but what are visible on these beams.
There might certainly be collected great light from this reservoir of antiquities, if a man of learning had the inspection of it; if he directed the working, and would make a journal of the discoveries. But I believe there is no judicious choice made of directors. There is nothing of the kind known in the world; I mean a Koman city entire of that age, and that has not been corrupted with modern repairs. Besides scrutinising this very carefully, I should be inclined to search for the remains of the other towns that were partners with this in the general ruin. 'Tis certainly an advantage to the learned world, that this has been laid up so long. Most of the discoveries in Rome were .made in a barbarous age, where they only ransacked the